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Carlisle Area High School student Anna Biddle received the prestigious Chronicling America prize from the National Endowment for the Humanities at the 2014 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day contest.  Competing against more than 2,900 students, a team of judges determined that Anna made the best use of historic newspapers in her paper “Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and the Crusade for Safe Food”.  Additionally, the judges at the National History Day contest ranked her paper as the seventh best in the Nation in the senior division. 

National History Day is a year-long academic program proven to enhance student achievement and college and career readiness.  The internationally recognized program recently received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The National program is based in College Park, Maryland.  In Pennsylvania, National History Day is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle.

The theme for 2014 was Rights and Responsibility in History.  Students spent the past year researching and analyzing historical sources, drawing conclusions, and developing projects to demonstrate what they have learned about topics of their own choosing.  The projects fall into one of five categories:  video documentaries, exhibits, historical papers, dramatic performances, and website.  Approximately 12,000 Pennsylvania students participate in the program each year. Students may enter their projects in a series of local, regional, and state contests to qualify for the national contest. 

Biddle is one of fifteen students from Pennsylvania to place in the contest in their respective categories. The 2014 Pennsylvania Delegation to the National History Day contest consisted of 64 students selected for their outstanding achievement at the state contest which occurred in May. 

Other students who received recognition for their projects are:

5th Place, Senior Paper: Isabelle Schroeder

Natrona Heights, PA, St. Joseph High School

Teacher: Rosanne Pucciarelli

Entry - Matter, Morality, and Mud: Disaster at Johnstown

5th Place, Junior Individual Documentary: Bradley Kennedy

Belle Vernon, PA, Belle Vernon Area Middle School

Teacher: Ross Farmer

Entry - Rising from the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

5th Place, Junior Individual Performance: Addie Best

Confluence, PA, Hidden Hills Homeschool

Teacher: Jody Best

Entry - Fishwives and the Rights of Man: From the Fall of the Bastille to the Storming of Versailles 

6th Place, Junior Individual Website: Faith Remich

New Kensington, PA, Mary Queen Of Apostles School

Teacher: Evelyn Quade

Entry - Nelson Mandela: Accepting Responsibility, Advocating Rights

7th Place, Senior Paper: Anna Biddle

Carlisle, PA, Carlisle High School

Teachers: Kevin Wagner and Delia Gongloff

Entry - Dr. Harvey W. Wiley and the Crusade for Safe Food

8th Place, Junior Group Performance: Lyndsay Stakem and Agatha Chmielewski

Harrisburg, PA, Holy Name Of Jesus School

Teacher: Christine Zeglen

Entry - The Johnstown Flood of 1889

10th Place, Junior Individual Exhibit: Charlie Bensinger

Kimberton, PA, St. Basil The Great School

Teacher: Andrew Shirker

Entry - The Amish: Schools of Our Own, First Amendment Rights Upheld

11th Place, Senior Individual Performance: Hannah Hakim

Allentown, PA, Parkland High School

Teacher: Calliope Volikas

Entry - Emily Warren Roebling: The Story Behind the Brooklyn Bridge

12th Place, Senior Individual Documantary:  Anna Gamarnik

Warrington, PA, Central Bucks High School South

Teacher: Ksenia Gamarnik

Entry - Andrei Sakharov: From Scientist to Human Rights Activist

12th Place, Junior Group Exhibit:  Nicole Boutanos and Madalyn Pabst

Kingston, PA, Wyoming Valley West Middle School

Teacher: Joann Petrone

Entry - Neglect of Child's Rights

13th Place, Senior Group Website:  Carmen Li, Kevin Liu, and Kevin Yang

Philadelphia, PA, Masterman High School

Teacher: Elana Solomon

Entry - Confronting Bombingham

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On June 19, 1942, Winston Churchill arrived in Washington D.C. to discuss the invasion of North Africa with President Roosevelt.  Those discussions would lead to the decision to invade Vichy controlled Morocco and Algiers and the elevation of General Dwight D. Eisenhower to command.  The invasion began on November 8, 1942.

Much about that operation is relevant today --

  • The decision mixed political with military considerations.
  • The President overrode the advice of his military advisors.
  • Significant mistrust of British intentions existed at the time. 

We seem to forget how challenging developing an appropriate military response can be and how military, political, economic, and diplomatic considerations all buffet the decision makers.

Want to read more?  Check out Chapter 7 by Leo J. Meyer in Command Decisions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, 1960 or Arthur Funk, The Politics of TORCH: The Allied Landings and the Algiers Putsch, 1942, Lawrence, KS: U KS, 1974. 

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On Saturday, June 14th the Army will celebrates its 239th Birthday.  But is it the birthday of our U.S. Army?

What the Continental Congress stated that day was this:

“. . . six companies of expert riflemen, be immediately raised in Pen[n]sylvania, two in Maryland, and two in Virginia; that each company consist of a captain, three lieutenants, four serjeants, four corporals, a drummer or trumpeter, and sixty-eight privates.

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On this 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania made a couple exciting discoveries in Brigadier General (Retired) Arthur S. Nevins’ collection.

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation and the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), located in Carlisle, PA, are proud to announce that USAHEC was recently awarded TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence and earned the top ranking for an attraction in the Carlisle community. 

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On June 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m., the Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Dr. Brooke Blades for a D-Day legacy presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. 

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host Central Pennsylvania’s second annual Army Birthday Dinner at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center on Saturday, June 21 to commemorate the U.S. Army’s 239th birthday. 

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On May 26, we will be partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg for a fundraiser.

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On May 12 and 13, more than 1,100 students, teachers, and parents from across the Commonwealth will converge on Millersville University to compete for the opportunity to represent Pennsylvania at the Kenneth C. Behring National History Day contest at The University of Maryland, College Park this June.

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At 7:15 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014, Dr. Todd DePastino of Waynesburg University will present a lecture on the life and times of the cartoonist at USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center.

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The Hidden Hand, A Brief History of the CIA, and will be the basis of this controversial look at the past, present, and future of the CIA. The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM on April 16, 2014, in USAHEC’s Visitor and Education Center.

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At noon on Saturday, April 5, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to present a special lecture by Mrs. Ginger Cucolo based on her recently published book, Dog Tags: The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact, and Future of Military Identification.

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At noon on Saturday, April 5, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is proud to present a special lecture by Mrs. Ginger Cucolo based on her recently published book, Dog Tags: The History, Personal Stories, Cultural Impact, and Future of Military Identification.

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“Leadership in a Media Driven World” is a free community presentation co-sponsored by Diamond6 Leadership and the Army Heritage Center Foundation. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

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We are proud to announce that Jeff Hawks, the Foundation’s Education Director, will receive the Adler Friend of Education Award from the Pennsylvania State Education Association for his work as State Coordinator for National History Day in Pennsylvania.

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The War of 1812 had a direct hand in shaping the nature of the modern United States. Steve Vogel will present a lecture, entitled “Through the Perilous Fight,” based on his book of the same title. The lecture will begin at 7:15 PM on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 in the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s (USAHEC) Visitor and Education Center.

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Local students in grades 7 through 10 will have a unique opportunity to live as Soldiers this summer at the Army Heritage Center Foundation’s Soldier Experience Living History Adventure Camp at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.

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On Saturday, March 1, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, wants you to join us for a lecture exploring those posters entitled, “Inspiring a Nation: Posters from the Homefront during WWI,” presented by the USAHEC Art Curator, Jim McNally, at 10 AM.


 

 

The iconic poster of Uncle Sam pointing his finger and proclaiming, “I Want You!” is one of the seminal propaganda posters used during World War I and World War II.  Though this one is most recognized, there were thousands of other posters used to challenge U.S. citizens to uphold their duty and enlist for combat, to buy war bonds, to conserve vital resources, and to make sacrifices for the war effort. On Saturday, March 1, 2014, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, wants you to join us for a lecture exploring those posters entitled, “Inspiring a Nation: Posters from the Homefront during WWI,” presented by the USAHEC Art Curator, Jim McNally, at 10 AM.  

 

The lecture examines the central role of posters as vital tools of communication on the “homefront” during World War I. Once a nation commits to war, it endeavors by every available means to promote support of that war and it strives to enhance the morale and effectiveness of the fighting force. The posters chosen for this presentation were created by many prominent artists and illustrators of the time and represent the ways the American people supported the cause of their country. Beginning in January, the USAHEC Winter History Series highlights different eras and topics in U.S. Army history through special lectures and hands-on workshops. “Inspiring a Nation” closes out USAHEC’s Winter History Series for 2014.

 

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Registration is not required, and the lecture begins at 10 AM on Saturday, March 1, 2014. As always, USAHEC’s exhibits, to include the new art gallery and the Army Heritage Trail, will be open. Don’t forget to grab lunch at Café Cumberland from 10 AM to 2 PM, and feel free to browse the museum bookstore. Parking is free and the USAHEC facility is handicapped accessible. For more information about this and all other events, please visit the website: www.USAHEC.org or call: 717-245-3972.

 

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Army Heritage Days, scheduled for May 17 & 18, 2014, is a timeline living history event, which examines nearly every era of U.S. Army history.


The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is excited to announce its annual Army Heritage Days Event is back this year and bigger than ever!  Army Heritage Days, scheduled for May 17 & 18, 2014, is a timeline living history event, which examines nearly every era of U.S. Army history.  This year's event features an expanded look at World War I and showcases living historians representing Soldiers from before the French and Indian War through the Vietnam War. After a hiatus, over 200 re-enactors from all periods are eager to return to the Army Heritage Trail to bring Army history to life once again.

 

Throughout the two day event, historical equipment, vehicles, gear, and live demonstrations will fill USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail. New additions in 2014 include the unique experience of a World War I bi-plane flyover, and a two-day military music tattoo program, featuring performances of military and patriotic music by local and historical bands.  While Army Heritage Days will feature exciting new programming, some favorites from the past several years will return, including the used book sale, the children’s passport activity, and the meet and greet with Army veterans from WWII through current operations. 

 

The majority of activities occur on USAHEC’s outdoor Army Heritage Trail, but both days offer additional events inside the Visitor and Education Center (VEC).  The hallways and exhibit spaces in the VEC will be full of displays, activities, and demonstrations with lectures from notable military historians topping the list of indoor attractions. As always, the USAHEC museum store will be open.

 

Army Heritage Days 2014 is a FREE event and includes FREE parking.  The event opens to the public at 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 17 and on Sunday, May 18.  The event will end at 5:00 PM both days, as well.  Food vendors, including USAHEC’s Café Cumberland, will offer a wide variety of refreshments.  For more information, please call 717-245-3972 or visit www.usahec.org.

 

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Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania!


 

Come learn about the exciting world of living history and reenactment at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania! The Center is pleased to invite the public and living historians to attend the third annual Reenactor Recruitment Day on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the USAHEC Visitor and Education Center. The event will feature forty-one living history organizations representing impressions covering all eras of U.S. Army and world military history, from 16th Century pike men to Vietnam War era grunts. The event serves as a “meet and greet” for reenactors to interact between their organizations and for the public to learn more about the historic periods each group represents. In addition, the Recruiting Day provides a great opportunity for reenactors to fill their ranks with history buffs.

Over two hundred reenactors will be on hand in their period attire to answer questions, talk about their upcoming events, discuss the finer points of reenacting, and show off their military accoutrements. A Civil War era team will display a fully loaded-for-battle fiberglass horse to represent horse cavalry of the time. From 19th century artillery to Wehrmacht medics, the sheer diversity of periods represented is sure to entertain children and hard-core historians alike. Some organizations will perform live demonstrations of the manual of arms from their time period, troop movements, and battlefield medical techniques.

The third annual Reenactor Recruiting Day is free and open to the public. USAHEC’s main exhibit, “The Soldier Experience,” will be open, as will the bookstore and the Café Cumberland. The bookstore will also be holding a used book sale. Parking is free. For directions, general information, upcoming events, and the event flyer, please visit the USAHEC website at www.usahec.org. For questions, please call: 717-245-3972.  

 

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